“It is Impossible to Tell the Number” of sins against chastity each person has committed. This, according to St. Alphonsus Liguori, the Doctor of the Catholic Church on Moral Theology. As this wonderful saint will explain, a person ensnared in sins against chastity offends God multiple times a day. Not only by his acts—such as […][click to continue...]
“Developed into a system by Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), autonomous morality in effect deifies each person’s free will. In the Kantian understanding of freedom, liberty means not only freedom of choice but freedom of independence, on the assumption that one cannot retain free will and still be under the command of another’s law. To save freedom, Kant demanded autonomy, but by demanding autonomy he destroyed all real obligation and therefore all real law.”[click to continue...]
Yet, not many Christians realize that tolerance or acceptance of birth control use is a recent phenomenon in the history of Christianity as a whole. The Protestant Reformers, as you will see, stood with the Catholic Church in the historic rejection of contraception use.[click to continue...]
What if Mozart’s parents decided after the sixth kid they were through? Our world would never have been blessed with its greatest composer. Had the Washingtons stopped after their fourth, would America have won the Revolutionary War?
Had Jim Gaffigan’s parents decided they didn’t want anymore blessing from God after five children already, we would never have been made to laugh by their sixth child.[click to continue...]
Don’t go accusing me of being “holier than the Pope.” I am merely clarifying what constitutes proper Church teaching for the readers of this blog, and as a son of Holy Mother Church. I love Pope Francis, as a brother—or, should I say, Holy Father in the faith. I just think he gets some moral matters incorrect. This one falls into the purview of my blog, and so I feel compelled to write about it.[click to continue...]
One of the main objectives in practicing Lent is to grow in the virtue of temperance. Temperance is the means by which we moderate, or control, our desire for pleasure.[click to continue...]
Do you have a living will? Do you know what it says about “extraordinary care?”
If not, re-read that section of your living will. If your document says something to the effect that “no extraordinary care shall be taken” to extend your life, shred your document and get something else.
The medical community and Catholic moral teaching have differing definitions of “extraordinary care.”
Pickering, Sr. brought a gun with him to the hospital and barricaded himself inside his son’s room, inducing a three-hour standoff. This illegal maneuver actually ended up saving his son’s life.
He felt his son just needed a little more time to prove he had not passed away. Three hours was all it took.[click to continue...]
The hard work is not always apparent in how it is paying off. In fact, the pro-life advocacy may feel as though it is adding years to your life. New wrinkles and gray hairs seem to be popping up in places they were not before.
Sounds as though you are experiencing pro-life advocacy burnout. Let’s discuss a few remedies for this.[click to continue...]
In my experience I do not find the defiance against the Church to be on an intellectual level as much as it is a matter of the heart.
Far more people reject Catholic moral teachings because they simply do not want them to be true than because they think the teachings are untrue.
Catholic author GK Chesterton famously observed, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”[click to continue...]